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>> pelley: tonight, the alabama hostage crisis is over. the f.b.i. moves in on a gunman holding a five-year-old boy. mark strassmann is on the scene with the breaking news. where were you when the lights went out? millions were in front of their t.v.s. armen keteyian that has inside story of what went wrong at the super bowl. >> we lost lights. >> pelley: questions to the president. are you through raising tax rates? mr. obama makes news in his cbs interview. should scouting be open to gays? and byron pitts tells us how a killer once committed to a mental hospital got a permit by-to-buy 15 guns. captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. the f.b.i. has stormed an underground shelter today, shooting to death a kidnapper and freeing a five-year-old boy unharmed. the boy, whose first name is ethan, had been held for seven days outside midland city, alabama. the family allowed us to show you his picture. the police say that ethan was kidnapped last tuesday from a school bus by 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes who neighbors have described as belligerent. mark strassmann is on the scene with the breaking news tonight. mark? >> reporter: scott, here's what happened in the final minute. two muffled bangs could be heard behind me in the direction of the shelter. an ambulance that had been parked nearby since the start of the standoff raced up the hill. about a minute later, local deputies and f.b.i. agents were patting themselves on the back, then ambulance came back down the hill, this time driving slowly, carrying ethan to a
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local hospital for testing and observation. the f.b.i.'s steve richardson explains why its hostage rescue team moved in. >> within the past 24 hours negotiations deteriorated and mr. dykes was observed -- was observed holding a gun. at this point, f.b.i. agents fearing the child was in imminent danger entered the bunker and rescued the child. >> reporter: the standoff began last tuesday when dykes allegedly boarded this school bus and demanded hostages. police say when the driver, charles poland, jr., refused, dykes shot and killed him. dykes grabbed five-year-old ethan and kept anymore a 24 square foot underground shelter with electricity, heat and television. police communicated with dykes through a four inch ventilation pipe and they supplied the child with cheese crackers, coloring books and toy cars. cbs news has also learned that the f.b.i.'s hostage rescue team created a diversion, that was
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the two loud bangs. they went in through the top of the bunker and it was over within seconds. we've also learned at some point during the standoff they inserted a camera. that's how they were able to see dykes was walking around with a gun today. as one agent told us, we had eyes on him the whole time. scott, we also talked to a member of ethan's family. they say he's doing okay and the boy has his sixth birthday on wednesday. >> pelley: mark, thank you very much. senior correspondent john miller is a former assistant director at the f.b.i. john, you've been talking to your sources today. how did they do it? >> this was something they looked at among the options and they had two or three different options but today as they has been delivering things to that doorway that dykes used, his entrance to the bunker-- and this occurred over days-- they created an opportunity today because he was getting more irrational, he was handling a weapon, they say. and they created an opportunity to bring him to the door to accept that delivery then they threw in the distraction devices or what are commonly called by
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swat teams flash bangs. they emit a blindingly bright light and a huge big noise that is very disorienting then a very small entry team-- and this would be three, no more than four hostage rescue team members-- went in there and engaged dykes. killed him and rescued the boy. this probably took seconds and was something they likely practiced in a lockup not far away. >> pelley: we are also learning more tonight about the shooting death of chris kyle. he was the u.s. navy sniper who became a legend in iraq. kyle, was who 38, was killed over the weekend at a firing range in texas apparently by another iraq war veteran. anna werner that has latest. >> reporter: chris kyle's marksman skills were so precise iraqi insurgents nicknamed him the devil of ramadi. his best selling book "american
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sniper" chronicled the former navy seal's mission to protect american soldiers. he spoke with cbs dallas station ktvt last year. >> that's what keeps me up at night, but every shot i took i felt extremely justified. >> reporter: kyle felt his negotiation protect his comrades extended into civilian life. he often took troubled veterans to shooting ranges like this one south of dallas for a day of camaraderie and conversation. >> apparently mr. kyle works with people that are sufferinging from some issues from being in the military and this shooter is possibly one of those people. >> reporter: the suspect, eddie ray routh, is a former marine. police say she shot kyle and a friend, chad littlefield, with a handgun. routh allegedly confessed to the murders to his sister. police took him into custody saturday night near his home in a dallas suburb after a brief chase. kyle served four tours in iraq.
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he was considered by many to have been the best sniper in u.s. military history with more than 150 confirmed kills. he retired in 2009 to return home. his wife he talked about all the time. >> she meant the world to me and those two little kids that i didn't know, i wanted to make sure they knew how much i loved them and it was time for me to step back from the military and give them my all. >> reporter: the sheriff's office says routh became aggressive overnight, had to be shocked with a stun gun and then restrained. he's being held on $3 million bond and, scott, he's now on a suicide watch. >> pelley: anna, thank you. at its peak last night the audience for last night's super bowl reached 164 million. but one thing those viewers didn't bet on was the lights going out in the superdome. it happened in the second half
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and left the 49ers and ravens waiting in twilight. armen keteyian of "60 minutes" sports was shooting in the dome's control room when darkness fell. >> reporter: the root cause of the 34 minutes of darkness remains under investigation-- although today superdome executive doug thor on this shed light on the blackout saying it was tied to a sudden shutdown of one of the main electrical lines powering the dome. >> all we know is we had an interruption in service. >> reporter: thornton said power from the electrical company inter ji was being fed into a substation which split the electrical feed into two main lines running the power to the stadium. it was the main a-line that went dark without warning. >> it sensed abnormalities in their substation and it shunted the power to the superdome. >> reporter: it happened some 90 seconds into the third quarter and we were in the n.f.l. command center interviewing for "60 minutes supports.
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" frank supovitz, the man in charge of game day operations. >> uh-oh. uh-oh, we lost lights. >> reporter: the moment the lights went out a sense of uncertainty filled the room. >> frank, we lost the a.p.. >> what does that mean? >> that means that we have to do the bus tie. >> what does that mean? >> that means we've got a 20-minute delay. >> reporter: the power outage played havoc with the cbs broadcast. it was left to the sideline reporter solomon wilcotts and steve tasker to tell millions of viewers what was happening inside the half-lit stadium. >> there's no danger, no one is injured but obviously players are milling around and we've got a lot of officials running around wanting to get this game back on. >> reporter: today both thornton and n.f.l. commissioner roger goodell put one rumor to rest. the power outage, they said, was not caused by beyonce's super technohalf time show, a show that had been powered by a separate set of generators. >> there's no indication at all
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that this was caused by the half time show. absolutely none. >> reporter: superdome officials said they have spent millions of dollars upgrading their electrical system since hurricane katrina. on a picture-perfect day, new orleans had rolled out the party mat. goodell indicated the incident would not affect attempts by the city to host a future super bowl. >> this is clearly something that can be fixed and it's clearly something that we can prepare for and we will. >> reporter: the next super bowl will be played here in the new york area at met life stadium. an n.f.l. official said the league will now take a closer look at that stadium's power supply, scott, and its backup plans. >> pelley: we're going to see more of your fascinating story behind the scenes at the super bowl on "60 minutes supports" wednesday night at 10:00 on the show time network. president obama sees no need for more increases in tax rates. he said that in an interview with cbs news that was broadcast live before the super bowl.
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mr. obama signed a bill raising rates on higher-income americans last month but this is the first time that he's said that he doesn't intend to extend higher rates to more taxpayers. it's a change from the position that he's held for many months. >> we can't get this done unless we also add ask the wealthiest households to pay higher taxes on their incomes above $250,000. >> pelley: that was mr. obama before the election and he made the same points in another way eight weeks ago. >> just to be clear: i'm not going to sign any package that somehow prevents the top rate from going up for folks at the top 2%. >> pelley: but last month he signed a stopgap compromise with congress that raised taxes on families making more than $450,000 a year. as the budget negotiations continue now, we wondered whether he would return to his goal of extending higher rates to families at that
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$250,000 level. are you through raising tax rates? >> well, i don't think the issue right now is raising rates. the question is if we're going to be serious about reducing our deficit, can we combine some smart spending cuts-- because there's still some waste in government-- can we reform our health care programs in particular, because we spaend lot more on health care than every other country does and we don't get better outcomes. so there's a lot of waste in the system and there are things that we can do to reduce health care costs. and can we close some loopholes and deductions that folks who are well connected and have a lot of accounts and lawyers can take advantage of so they end up paying lower rates than a bus drifr or a cop, can we close some of those loopholes? if you combine those things together then we cannot only reduce our deficit but we can continue to invest in things like education and research and development that are going to help us grow. >> pelley: without raising rates
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again? >> without raising rates again. >> pelley: the president also made news with his opinion on the boy scouts. the national board of the boy scouts of america may decide this week whether to end its long-standing ban on gays in scouting. should scouting be open to gays? >> yes. >> pelley: why so? >> well because i think that my attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does. in every institution and walk of life. and, you know, the scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives. i think nobody should be barred for that. >> pelley: the scouts decide by wednesday. one of the oldest missing persons cases in history has been solved. how did a murderer with a
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minnesota where the president was today, byron pitts has found that those checks can be highly unreliable. >> reporter: sheriff jim olson was going through daily police reports last month when he came across a familiar name-- chris oberender. olson had been a young detective when he met oberender in 1995. what happened in '95? >> chris was 14 years old and murdered his mother. >> reporter: how? >> with a gun. >> reporter: when he was 21, oberender was released from a mental hospital. under minnesota law, he was banned from owning a gun. that's what troubled olson about the police report he was reading. >> i saw pictures that he had guns on his facebook page. >> reporter: and you thought what? >> he can't have guns. (laughs) chris oberender should not have guns. >> how does a man like him-- convicted of murdering his mother with a gun-- now as a man have possession of weapons?
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>> i wish i had a good answer for that. i don't. >> reporter: oberender passed a background check in 2011 and obtained a minnesota gun permit. >> these were all found at chris oberender's residence. >> reporter: 15 in all and a letter he recently wrote to his dead mother. the letter reads in part "i am so homicide, what is wrong with me? i think about killing all the time." when you first read those words that oberender allegedly wrote, what did you think? >> chilling. chilling. >> reporter: olson says oberender passed a background check because sloppy file keeping by the courts left critical criminal information out of his legal record. no fingerprints? >> no. >> reporter: no record from the court? >> no. >> reporter: what was in the record was oberender's forced commitment to the mental hospital. we wondered why that didn't stop him. >> we never ran a background check. >> reporter: so we asked lucinda jessup, the state's top mental health official. >> in this case we were lucky.
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no one was hurt through the good actions of local law enforcement. >> reporter: she told us law enforcement would have found the mental hospital record if they'd checked. >> we have to be asked to run the match. that does not always happen. >> reporter: it's not automat snick >> it's not automatic. >> we were not aware he was not in the system until new year's eve. >> reporter: is that blind luck? what is that? >> i would call it providence. >> reporter: today oberender is in jail air, waiting trial for illegal possession of firearms. state officials say they have incomplete records for 168,000 people from minnesota who want to buy guns and under the law if the state cannot find complete records it must issue a permit within seven days. byron pitts, cbs news, watertown township, minnesota. >> pelley: the taliban tried to kill a pakistani teenager but she insists she won't be silenced. her story is next. can be the worst part.
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>> pelley: we heard today from malala yousafzai, the pakistani teenager shot for defying the taliban. she's been recovering in england for nearly four months and today the family released a video statement from her. >> today you can see that i'm alive. i can see. i can see you. i can see everyone and today i can see i am getting better day by day. >> pelley: the 15-year-old
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activist was targeted for promoting education and women's rights in a part of pakistan where the taliban had banned girls from attending school. until october, she was shot above the left eye while on the way home from class. after months of treatment, she says that god gave her a second life. >> it's just because of the prayers of people. because all the people-- men, women, children, all of them-- all of them have prayed for me. >> pelley: after this interview there was a new operation on saturday in england. surgeons placed a titanium plate over the hole in her skull a they also fitted her for an implant to restore the hearing in her left ear. >> i want to serve. i want to serve the people. and i want every girl, every child to be educated. >> pelley: malala says her work will continue with the creation of the malala fund to help support the education of women. like malala, rosa parks was known for her courage as she
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coming up at 7:00 >> pelley: you've heard the phrase "my kingdom for a horse." those are the words that shakespeare gave to a dying richard iii as the king was lost in battle. the big news in england today is that richard has been found. and who better to tell the tale than the bard of our london bureau-- mark phillips. >> reporter: there was a time, archaeologists have discovered, when being king of england was a dead-end job. it certainly was for richard iii whose battle battered bones have been found stuffed into a grave definitely not fit for a king. a grave that was lost for 500 years and discovered under what is now a parking lot. the skeleton's curved spine matched the historic tale of the hunchback king. the fearsome wounds matched the story of a king killed in battle.
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but it took modern science to find an ancient king. d.n.a. analysis comparing the genetic code in the bones with that of michael ibsen, a descendent discovered 16 generations later. >> the phone rings and someone says "i'm a historian, you're related to richard iii, congratulations"? >> more or less. i think he probably started the conversation by saying "i'm not a lunatic." >> now is the winter of our a lunatic." >> now is the winter of our discontent. >> reporter: not now, most of what the world has known about richard has come from shakespeare who died trying to cling to his stolen throne and gave the world one good line. >> a horse! my kingdom for a horse!" >> reporter: the winners, of course, get the write history, and richard, being a loser, got a very bad press, including being accused of the murder of two of his relatives here at the tower of london. now, though, 500 years later, he
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gets a measure of revenge. finally he is the center of attention. for royal historians like sally dixon smith, it's history come alive. >> it's a fascinating murder mystery all of richard's life that we can still find archaeology like that and particularly around municipal car park. that's fabulous. >> reporter: the king in the parking lot-- history dug up and maybe rewritten. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> pelley: now, if you will indulge us for a moment, i would like to say a word to the director of this broadcast, eric shapiro, but you should feel free to listen in. eric, congratulations on receiving the directors' guild lifetime achievement award. you've been with cbs 50 years, bringing our audience the biggest news events of our time. eric, we could not be prouder of you. that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all
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around the world, good night. you could call this the winter of the clipper, quick the snowfalls that coat the ground and rush out of town of the tonight topper is watching yet one of those little storms heading our way. he's in the weather center. okay, top, so another 1/2-inch, 1/4-inch? >> i said this saturday at the hardware store, we could see 1, 2 , 3, 4, .5 of an inch. winter weather advisory to the north and west, frederick county now included. you could see 1/2-inch in frederick, maybe an inch north of frederick, but by and large all the mu

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